Pune: After attempts to tranquilize a man-eating leopard failed, it was shot dead by the forest department in Maharashtra’s Solapur district on Friday, an official said. Also Read - Maharashtra: Order Issued to Neutralise 'Man-Eater' Leopard That Killed 8

The leopard had killed at least eight people and injured four others in Maharashtra. Multiple teams of forest officials had been searching for the animal. Also Read - Another Big Cat Spotted! Panic in Dehradun After Leopard Enters Jollygrant Airport, Efforts Underway to Rescue it

A shooter authorised by the forest department shot the leopard dead in a banana farm near Bitargaon village in Karmala tehsil in the evening, the official said. Also Read - Panic in Guwahati After Leopard Enters Girls' Hostel & Gets Trapped Under Sofa, Caught After 3 Hours

“The leopard had killed at least eight people and injured four others across Solapur, Beed, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad districts. After being spotted in the banana farm on Friday evening, we tried to tranquilise the animal first, but as the attempts failed, it was finally shot dead,” divisional conservator of forests (Solapur) Dhairyashil Patil said.

A directive to kill the “man-eater” leopard was issued earlier this month after it mauled to death a nine-year-old girl in Karmala, he said.

Multiple teams of forest officials, also comprising police, State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) were pressed into service to trace the leopard, Patil said, adding that these teams had been on the lookout of the animal since Thursday night.

(With inputs from PTI)